Amy hails from the Midwest originally, where she learned to love the natural world on the great plains and in the woods of Minnesota. She was lucky enough to attend an environmental science based high school where she studied rainforest ecology in Costa Rica, honed her winter survival skills, and developed ecological philosophy from the likes of Emerson and Thoreau. At a young age she recognized the need for social and environmental healing and committed herself to it, eventually finding urban agriculture to be her talent, her love and her solution. Amy comes to us after 12 years in Seattle, WA, where she worked extensively in art and environmental nonprofits and urban agriculture. She graduated from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, where she worked on the campus organic farm, and studied environmental science and education. She worked with nonprofits in Seattle for over 8 years to establish and manage organic educational gardens at K-12 schools and community centers. She also received her Nonprofit Management Certificate from the University of Washington and completed a 9-month internship in nonprofit development with the renowned Seattle Tilth. When she’s not at the farm you can find her swinging on the aerial silks, playing guitar, camping, snowboarding, or diving the tropics. She spent much of her time before joining Tricycle Gardens traveling the US and SE Asia and WOOFing on farms in VA, and is now happy to be settling down with her husband into Richmond.
“Thoughts are bricks with which character is built. Character is not born. It is formed. People’s thoughts are the architects of their circumstance.” – Shivananda
What has been your favorite Tricycle experience?
Anytime and every time I transmit the awareness, the excitement, and the real magic of growing food with folks around me. Whether it is teaching an Urban Ag. Fellow or volunteer about the mind blowing complexities of the soil food web, or helping an ecstatic 3 year old find a potato in the soil – there is a shared moment of connectivity to each other, to our food, and to the web of life around us. And that moment is my favorite, every time.